Santa Goes Solar

November 30th, 2011
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This solar-powered "Santa Goes Solar" display is part of 2011 Honolulu City Lights. You can see it on the lawn next to Honolulu Hale Dec. 3-31. Courtesy photo.

This solar-powered "Santa Goes Solar" display is part of 2011 Honolulu City Lights. You can see it on the lawn next to Honolulu Hale Dec. 3-31. Courtesy photo.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Santa is on his way here, and he's using solar energy to spread Holiday cheer. Check out the solar-powered Santa exhibit at this year's 2011 Honolulu City Lights.

The display, which showcases an eight-foot diorama of Santa's workshop and village built by the LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii, along with a front panel saying "Santa Goes Solar" and candy cane posts, will be on the lawn next to Honolulu Hale as part of city lights from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31.

Two Christmas trees next to the display will be lit with a dazzling array of high-tech LED lights engineered by members of UH's Solar Decathlon Team Hawaii and decorated with recycled incandescent bulb ornaments made by students islandwide. Sunetric designed a custom, state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic canopy to power the entire display.

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The people in the LEGO town are hustling and bustling, getting ready for Christmas (bringing trees home on a horse-drawn carriage, for instance). The LEGO Miniland residents, of course, value a "clean energy lifestyle" and have solar panels on their businesses and homes (as you can see in the photo to the right).

The "Santa Goes Solar" project was a collaboration between the Blue Planet Foundation, the LEGO Enthusiasts Association of HawaiiSunetric and members of the UH Solar Decathlon Team Hawaii.

Hawaii Energy and Wal-Mart Hawaii stores offered financial support to make the project possible.

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